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Five Front Door Decor Ideas for Curb Appeal

Five Front Door Decor Ideas for Curb Appeal

A new front door color not only injects your personality into your home’s exterior, but it can create an entirely new atmosphere for your space. While we all love a door that seamlessly blends into our home’s structure, it’s also a good idea to create a look that stands out.

Not only does a gorgeous, unique exterior boost your home’s market value, but it keeps your home from blending into the rest on the block. We’ve come up with some of our favorite front door colors to help your home stand out from the crowd.

1. Red: Power, Passion and Protection

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    At first glance, red may seem a bit much, but it’s quickly becoming the go-to exterior paint color for front doors of nearly all home styles. The color red is known to symbolize power, passion and strength, which is a great way to show off your personal style and bold choices.

    We recommend using dark gold hardware and minimal decor to help create a standout look. Tip: Red doors look especially beautiful on cool, medium-gray homes with white trim and houses featuring warm, dark tones like rich brown with metal cladding.

    2. Blue: Soothing, Serene and Satisfying

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      Blue doors rarely make their debut outside, but as an exterior color, blue is soothing and tonal. Aiding in curb appeal, the color blue is often found in some of the most beautiful things on Earth: the ocean, the sky or maybe even your favorite sports team’s jerseys. Blue is serene yet poignant, which makes it an excellent choice for a front door. Blue doors are an excellent addition to your exterior look, especially if your home is brick with a neutral trim or light and natural with weathered features.

      3. Black: Elegant, Easy and Exclamatory

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        While black might not be your first choice when considering a new exterior door, hear us out. Black is extremely versatile and can be both a neutral and a dramatic accent color. Black helps to hide aspects of your entry that you might not care for, while still highlighting your front door to the rest of the cul-de-sac. Black front doors are especially extraordinary when featured on homes with light, warm exteriors or dark, neutral coloring.

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        4. Purple: Regal, Rare and Romantic

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          The color purple has the ability to be soft and soothing or bold and boisterous, depending on its shade and where it’s placed. Some might say that purple is one of the most versatile shades for an exterior color palette, and we’d have to agree. The entry to your home should be attention grabbing, and what better way to do so than with a lovely shade of lavender or a gracious shade of grape?

          A light gray home is best complemented by a deep, dark purple for the perfect balance of restraint and regality. If your home is on the darker side, a medium gray, perhaps; we suggest opting for a saturated purple with a hint of red to warm up the exterior of your home and make it that much more inviting.

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          5. White: Clean, Composed and Calm

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            If your style is more neutral than statement-making, consider going for a classic color. White front doors make any entryway look clean and simple, and are the perfect way to differentiate your exterior from your neighbor’s. White doors look gorgeous on nearly every style of home, from cool and contemporary to buttoned-up and traditional.

            With so many looks to choose from, your new front door is bound to give your home an instant refresh. Which color palette are you leaning towards?

            To see a selection of the front doors mentioned in this article, visit The Home Depot.

            Featured photo credit: morgueFile via mrg.bz

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            Last Updated on September 18, 2020

            7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

            7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

            Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

            Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

            1. Exercise Daily

            It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

            If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

            Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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            If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

            2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

            Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

            One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

            This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

            3. Acknowledge Your Limits

            Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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            Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

            Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

            4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

            Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

            The basic nutritional advice includes:

            • Eat unprocessed foods
            • Eat more veggies
            • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
            • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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            Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

              5. Watch Out for Travel

              Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

              This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

              If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

              6. Start Slow

              Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

              If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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              7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

              Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

              My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

              If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

              I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

              Final Thoughts

              Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

              Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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